Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International

A Non-Profit Organization on a Mission to bring Vision to Every Person on the Planet

The Voice of Optometry in Developing Nations Since 1971

25th VOSH Annual Meeting 2017

Join Us October 13 & 14, 2017

Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL

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Bringing the World Into Focus: The Story of VOSH

 

Learn more about the beginnings and history of VOSH. Available on Amazon.com today!

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Dr. Ellis Potter is awarded VOSH's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and Academy's 2017 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

“Dr. Potter is a shining example of a life so rare in continuing humanitarianism. He leads by example and has inspired many.”  Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FAAO, FVI

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VOSH Signs Agreement to Establish First-Ever Optometry School in Haiti

Memorandum of Agreement signed for Haiti School of Optometry

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VOSH Interns Needed!

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Bringing the World Into Focus: The story of VOSH

Praise for Bringing the World Into Focus: 

“I just received a gift copy from the Board and was humbled to learn much more about VOSH/International’s beginning than I realized. I surmise no matter how much or how little each contributed, it was the dedication of many that led to a movement of growth and achievement. Now in retirement I can look back on years with VOSH and feel proud of it.”

-Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FAAO, FVI, Director Emeritus VOSH/International

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September Chapter of the Month

CHAPTER OF THE MONTH VOSH-PA   For its amazing work and dedication to the people of Haiti, in both short term clinics and developing the first optometry school  working with other partners including OGS , VOSH/International and more, we are pleased to recognize VOSH-Pennsylvania as the September Chapter of the Month.    Former chapter and VOSH/International President Dave McPhillips, OD provided the inspired story of activity and signed an agreement with the new School with the Haitian Rector and Dean of the Faculty of the Medical School. Also check out the link to the video on one of VOSH-PA missions to Pont Sonde, Haiti at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP-pwV8ya4&sns=em   From Dr. McPhillips: VOSH-PA has done 4 outreach trips to Haiti in 2017, 3 to northern Haiti and 1 to the south.  3 of the 4 trips were also working with Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) who donated supplies and surgical volunteers for cataract surgeries, working alongside Haitian ophthalmologists.   During the 4 trips over 6000 patients were examined, with 80% of them receiving prescription and/or sun glasses and hats to protect them from the sun.  15% were referred to Haitian ophthalmologists for cataract . glaucoma and pterygium surgery, with this surgery sponsored (read paid for) by Vosh PA and ongoing year round. During the recent July trip Vosh- PA cofounder Dr. David Mcphillips flew from northern Haiti to the University of Haiti in Port au Prince to meet with the Rector of the university and Dean of the faculty of medicine to sign a memorandum of agreement to start the first optometry school in Haiti in october 2017.... read more

Hurricane Harvey: Vision Assistance

Like so many others, ​I ​have been watching the devastation unfold in Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to personal accounts from family in the area, social media platforms such as Facebook have provided us all a personal glimpse into the lives of people that have had to evacuate their homes, lost their business, cars, the list goes on and on.  VOSH stands for Volunteer Optometric Services to HUMANITY. There’s many definitions of humanity, but I like this one from Merriam-Webster “the quality or state of being kind to other people or animals”. VOSHer’s volunteer their time and talents because we care and get so much by giving of ourselves.   Vision related injuries, including broken or lost glasses​, are often the product of such disasters.  The severity of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath call us once again to respond in desperate times. If you want to help with the recovery effort or know people affected by Hurricane Harvey, there’s a few sources to which we can guide you: Remote Area Medical (RAM) will be launching a mission to the affected area in the coming weeks. They are looking for medical and veterinary volunteers to help them in this cause. Go to http://ramusa.org/disaster-relief/ to find out more. The Eye Center of Houston, Vision Source has partnered with VSP and EyeMed Vision and plans to offer FREE Eye Exams and Glasses for First Responders or ANY disaster victims who have lost or damaged their glasses. If you have VSP or EyeMed, schedule your FREE exam today 713-777-2020. If you don’t have VSP or EyeMed, contact your local... read more

SALUS University MPH Certificate Program

Are you looking for a good foundation upon which to build for your VOSH experiences?  Salus University offers on-line courses that provide VOSH members the necessary knowledge to help build sustainable health systems around the world. The certificate program is 15 semester hours, divided among six selected courses form the Master of Public Health program:  three elective courses in the areas of humanitarian and refugee health, health and human rights, and global health and leadership. There are three core courses in the areas of health policy, epidemiology, and program implementation and evaluation.  Each course will provide students with an opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to humanitarian problems. To learn more, visit... read more

Looking for Volunteers for Haiti Mission January 2018

Volunteers needed for a VOSH Pennsylvania trip to Port au Prince , Haiti January 13-20, 2018.  Join our team as we examine over 2000 school age children in the poorest country in the western hemisphere and make a difference in the lives of so many.  Excellent accomodations. Email Dr. March Polection at marchaod@yahoo.com if interested. No experience necessary and lay volunteers are... read more